Lamb shanks braised with cherry beer and port

  • Preparation 30 min
  • Cooking 8 h
  • Servings 4
  • Freezing Absolutely



  • Olive oil
  • 4 Québec lamb shanks of 550g each
  • Salt and ground pepper
  • 3 big shallots, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 3 tablepoons honey
  • 1 star anise
  • 1/2 cup cherry beer (or any other berry fruits), lukewarm
  • 1/2 cup port
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 20 dried prunes, coarsely chopped
  • 5 dried figs, coarsely chopped



  • In a big pan at medium temperature, heat a drizzle of olive oil. Sear the shanks on each sides for about 4-5 minutes or until nicely colored. Season with salt and pepper then place in slow cooker, meat side down.
  • In the same pan, add the shallots and garlic then cook for 2-3 minutes. Add the star anise along with the honey then stir well. Cook for about 1 minute then deglaze with the cherry beer. Scrape the bottom of the pan to get all those flavors then pour everything in the slow cooker. Season with salt and pepper.
  • In a big bowl, combine the port, chicken broth, corn starch, Dijon mustard, balsamic vinegar, prunes and figs. Stir well then pour over the meat in the slow cooker.
  • Cook at low temperature for 8 hours. At mid-cooking, gently stir everything and add some juice over the shanks. Serve with lots of juice along with prunes and figs on the meat!

*Note : You can also braise them in a big ”Le Creuset” style dutch oven. Simply cook at 325°F for about 3h30 or until the meat is fork tender. Same principle, gently stir and add some juice on the shanks at mid-cooking!